Sonic 4: Episode 2 Beta Leaks, New Screens
A user over at Sonic Stadium noticed that a beta of Sonic 4: Episode 2 was available to download on Steam earlier. Of course, the leak has since been plugged up, but Sonic Stadium managed to get some new screens and a cutscene (huge spoiler alert, click at your own risk).
PS: If you want to pre-purchase Sonic 4: Episode 2 on Steam, just click here.
If the idea of adding DRM to prevent reverse engineering of a licenced property wasn’t enough, now it seems there’s a possibility some keylogging software is stuffed under the hood as well.
Sonic Retro’s Twitter said:
A keylogger has been discovered in the Sonic 2 HD alpha (thus why it tips off antivirus software.) We strongly advise removing the software. We will be posting a clean-up guide shortly. I apologize for the short notice.
As much as I love this game, I might have to give it the boot to protect my privacy. What do you think of this whole mess?
EDIT: A Public service announcement about the discovery is on the Sonic Retro Blog
SEGA’s parent company, Sega Sammy, has stated that they face a loss of $86.4 million dollars in the fiscal year ending March 2012, and that sales were not up to par. The company states that it will be undergoing a “massive restructuring”, which inevitably means cancelled games and laid off employees.
Though the company still plans on releasing more Sonic, the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines, and future Total War games, there is expected to be more cuts to their portable gaming market and more to their home console software market as well. You might not be seeing SEGA willing to publish more obscure Japanese games like Resonance of Fate anymore, though SEGA has not specified exactly where and when these cuts will be made.
SEGA outlined a plan to cut forecast numbers in half for the next fiscal year and also to streamline organization through a smaller company in the NA and PAL territories to better sustain profitability. Only the future can really tell what’s in store for SEGA…
Sonic Generations Gets New “Modern Era” Trailer
With less than a month to go until launch, SEGA has revealed a new trailer for the upcoming Sonic Generations. This new trailer shows the improvements on some of the more modern levels in the Sonic universe.
Sonic Generations will be coming at you November 1 and will be available on the Xbox 360, PS3, and 3DS (November 3 in Australia, November 4 in Europe, December 1 in Japan).